The Fifth Annual Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic was a defensive battle from start to finish, and O'Neill's Jason Hahlbeck was a vital piece in keeping the White Team within striking distance. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite enough as the Red Team took a 14-7 victory.
Hahlbeck took home defensive MVP honors for the White Team. He led a defense that held the Red Team to just 14 hard-earned points on the day, including a number of quarterback hurries and passes batted down at the line.
It was the White Team that was able to strike first when Norfolk's Tayen Meyer found Stanton's Henry Bohac open for a 19-yard touchdown in the second quarter. The Red Team didn't trail for long, though. Just 31 seconds later, they marched down the field and punched it in with a 43-yard pass from Wynot's Jalen Wieseler to Hartington Cedar Catholic's Sean Kathol as the first half clock hit zero.
In the second half, the defense took over again, with neither team able to do much outside of a quarterback dive from Walker Raabe from Pierce. The White Team had their opportunities, including a 30-yard completion to Neligh-Oakdale's Grant White that was called back due to a procedural penalty in the fourth. Once the Red Team got the ball back, the rolled out a three-back set that was able to tick the seconds off the clock for the win.